Collectors of high-quality, contemporary crafts are in for an aesthetic treat at Decorex, the international interiors show, where – for the first time – a feature area presents the latest and most innovative craftwork by 21 talented makers. Dozens of specially created, one-off items are available to buy and all the participating artists can be commissioned to create bespoke pieces, both functional and decorative, with most on-hand to talk about their work.
Future Heritage, as this lively presentation is called, focuses on ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, plastic, silver and furniture. What unites this band of very diverse makers is their ability to propel traditional craft disciplines into exciting new areas. “All the craftspeople I’ve selected make beautiful, interesting, intelligent pieces and push the boundaries of techniques and making,” says curator Corinne Julius, a freelance journalist and broadcaster with a deep-seated passion for contemporary craft. “These pieces reflect the spirit of the age we’re living in, yet can still sit well in traditional, as well as contemporary, interiors.”
Highlights include Felicity Aylieff’s monumental pieces (from £28,000) and small works (from £3,800), Michael Eden’s innovative 3D printed-nylon vessels (from £3,650), Laszlo Beckett’s sideboard (£18,000) and table (£9,000), decoratively carved in solid black walnut, and Nic Webb’s spectacular, burnt-edge wooden vessels (from £2,500; boxwood vessel £8,000, first picture). Among several unusual textiles are Nadia-Anne Ricketts’s beautiful furnishing fabrics (from £475 per m), whose patterns reflect musical sound waves, Neha Lad’s glowing decorative pieces (from £1,000, example third picture) woven from recycled copper, Jennie Moncur’s bright, abstract wall-hangings (from £5,000) and Natasha Kerr’s silk-screen narrative wall-hangings (from £5,000, example second picture) employing antique linens .
Further eye-catchers include Ane Christensen’s Peel wall piece (£3,000) in weathered steel, which would create real drama in a garden setting, and Tav Jorgensen’s swirly, glass Orbit bowls (from £1,050). Hitomi Hosono has re-interpreted traditional porcelain “sprigging” techniques to create new vases (from £3,000), elaborately decorated with handcrafted fantasy foliage. Adi Toch’s patinated-silver vessels (from £1,350) glow with subtle diffusions of colour. And just as intriguing is the process Joe Bradford has developed to create large, multicoloured vessels (£590) and smaller vessels (from £270) from recycled plastic. Undoubtedly, such pieces are extremely collectable. More significantly, they will enrich your surroundings for many years to come.